|Defence, Diplomacy, and Development
The Government of Canada has demonstrated leadership internationally through its contributions to international organizations such as the United Nations and international bodies such as NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and the G-8 (the group of eight industrialized democratic countries).
The Government of Canada provides economic and humanitarian assistance to other countries. It also provides military and policing assistance to NATO and UN missions.
The Government of Canada has traditionally supported a '3-D' approach to its international role. This approach is based on the idea that peace can only be achieved through the coordinated efforts of all arms of the
government. Where there is insufficient food, shelter and employment, there is more likely to be conflict. Where there is conflict, people are less likely to have access to food, shelter and employment.
Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan represents the Government’s most significant current expenditure of human and financial resources in a conflict-affected setting. The Department of National Defence reports that by March 2008, the total cost of all Canadian military operations in Afghanistan was $7.7 billion. More than 18,000 Canadian soldiers have served in Afghanistan since 2001, with approximately 2,500 forces currently serving in the country. 97 Canadian military personnel and 1 Canadian diplomat have been killed since 2001. Canada has allocated $1.2 billion in aid for the period 2001-2011.
* This analysis is based on public information available as of September 10, 2008.